Lake Rotorangi Walkway


Lake Rotorangi is the longest man-made lake in New Zealand at 46km and was created by the damming of the Patea River. The dam is constructed from 1.2 million cubic metres of sandstone and siltstone that abound in the area and was the first large dam to be constructed using these materials. The dam is 82m high, which made it the fourth highest dam in New Zealand at the time of its construction, and 160m across.

There are three carvings located at the dam site, all crafted from totara in the traditional Taranaki style by Patea carvers under the tutelage of Reverend Te Napi Waaka. They are Pou Tiaki, Rahui and a carved archway consisting of two amo (uprights) and two maihi (apex boards).

The Lake Rotorangi Hydro Walk crosses the dam from the car park and enters a mixed podocarp and manuka forest. Travelling in an anticlockwise direction, the track sits above the shore line and leads around a peninsula.

On the northern side of the peninsula the track offers stunning views of the lake as it gradually climbs to a high point, before descending back to the dam. There are a number of seats on which to rest and enjoy the birds and bush as well as views of the lake and the downstream river. 

Contact Details

Physical Address

Maben Road, Taranaki